Magic Products Review

TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD by Tony D’Amico

Written by John Teo

This is a visual effect based on a clever card trick but does not use a deck of playing cards.

In effect, a box of picture cards of a card game called “Travel Around The World” is shown to contain photo cards that form several popular monuments from around the world. 2 spectators are involved. Each of them is given half the deck. They mix their own packet of cards face-up and face-down. Then they exchange some of their cards and further mix them face-up and face-down. Finally, the mixed up cards are re-assembled back into the complete deck. All the face-up cards are separated from the face- down cards. The face-up cards are found to form 5 partially completed monuments. They are the Big Ben of London, Christ The Redeemer Statue of Rio De Janeiro, Eiffel Tower of Paris, Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Staue Of Liberty of New York. However, they are all predicted, in their exact partially completed states, in a folded prediction placed conspicuously on the table at the start of the performance. There is an unexpected climax as 4 of the monuments form an appropriate English word.

You receive the stack of 54 monument photo cards in a clear box, the folded prediction, and a link to a video tutorial.

The cards are in poker size and are marked on the backs. The prediction, when folded, is A5 size. When fully open, the prediction measures approximately 23.4 inches x 8.3 inches. It is large and colourful and is fully laminated. The cards and the prediction are very well produced. When handled with care, they should last for a very long time.

The video tutorial is also very well produced and easy to understand. Tony D’Amico brings you through the performance, the deck set-up, and the deceptive mixing procedure. Luca Volpe, who produced the effect, joins Tony and contributes several different effects using the deck of special photo cards.

If you are looking for something that packs small and plays large, this effect is it. It is also colourful and has an interesting travel theme. It is based on Simon Aronson’s “Shuffle Bored”, and the seemingly haphazard face-up face-down mixing of the cards is very convincing.

 

(Rated 4/5 stars)

DICHROMATIC PREDICTION by Horiki

Written by John Teo

As the name suggests, this is a prediction involving a set of dice comprising 2 different colours.

In effect, the performer brings out 6 small dice consisting of 3 red and 3 blue dice, and a small envelope.

The 6 dice are thoroughly examined by a spectator. She rolls the 6 dice repeatedly to ensure that they are not loaded. Once the spectator is satisfied, the performer arranges the 6 dice in a row.

The performer and the spectator then alternatively pick a dice each from either end of the row. They do this until all the dice have been picked up. Each person would have picked up 3 dice.

The envelope is opened and the prediction inside is taken out. It contains 2 predictions. It states that the spectator’s 3 dice consist of 2 red dice and 1 blue dice, and that their total is 10. The prediction proves to be absolutely correct.

You receive the 3 blue and 3 red dice and the envelope with the prediction inside. You also receive a link to a video tutorial.

The 6 dices and the envelope and prediction are not gimmicked. The 6 dice can be thoroughly examined by the spectator. The spectator can also examine the envelope and the prediction at the end of the performance.

There is no sleight of hand involved. Once you understand the principle, you can perform this effect.

This trick is very good for an intimate performance. When properly presented, the prediction seems truly incredible because everything seems fair, and all the props can be examined by the spectators.

 

(Rated 3.5/5 stars)

PRINCE JACK

Written by John Teo

“Prince Jack” is a novelty packet card trick. Here is the description of the effect:

A packet of cards is shown to contain 4 face down cards. One card is turned face up to show a nice picture of a frog that has a crown on its head. It is the Frog Prince.

This is a popular fairy tale that tells of a handsome price who was cursed by a witch to become a frog.

 When the packet of cards is counted with this one face up card, all 4 cards magically turn themselves face upwards, and they all show the Frog Prince.

One of the Frog Prince cards is turned face downwards. Like before, all the 4 cards magically turn themselves face downwards.

As the story goes, the spell can only be broken if the prince is kissed by a beautiful princess.

A lady spectator is asked to blow a kiss towards the packet of cards.

Will this work? Will the frog turn back into a prince? But wait a minute ... the story tells only of one Frog Prince ... here are 4 Frog Princes. Is the kiss from the spectator potent enough to work for all the 4 Frog Princes?

The packet of cards is turned over and spread to show that there are now not 4 princes, but 4 Jacks – the Jack of Spades, the Jack of Hearts, the Jack of Clubs and the Jack of Diamonds! The lady spectator is congratulated on her success!

You receive all the specially printed cards plus a link to Jeremy’s personal magic coach tutorial video. The cards are beautifully and colourfully printed on good quality card stock. Jeremy will teach you the “Elmsley Count” as well as the “Ascanio Spread” that are needed for this effect. They are 2 useful sleights-of-hand that you need to know if you are interested in performing packet card tricks.

At the end of the performance, the trick resets itself – so that you are now ready to perform at another table if you are doing table-hopping magic.

Specially printed cards add fun and novelty to a card trick. The moment the audience see the cute picture of the Frog Prince, they will break into a smile. This is what magic is all about: it is about fun, imagination and wonderment.

A worthwhile investment. It is an effect that will delight both children and adults.

Highly Recommended!

THE WEISER WALLET by Danny Weiser

Written by John Teo

The most popular and practical gimmicked wallet for magicians has to be the Himber Wallet.

This is usually manufactured as a man’s breast wallet.

The Weiser Wallet functions like a Himber Wallet, but with several differences. It is manufactured as a bifold wallet. It has compartments to hold credit cards and a window to contain folded bills or other small flat objects such as a playing card or a photograph. It has a money clip on one side of the exterior of the wallet. It also has a locking feature.

The money clip can be used to hold predictions, playing cards, and of course bills. The locking feature ensures that the gimmick of the wallet is not being accidentally exposed. A unique feature of this wallet is that it enables you to visably change an item placed inside the window to another item.

You receive this beautifully manufactured black leather wallet, and a link to a short 12 minutes video tutorial by Paul Romhany. In the video, Paul teaches you 2 effects that make use of the features of this wallet.

In the first trick, a blue back playing card is held under the money clip of the wallet. A spectator shuffles a deck of red back cards. She freely chooses one card and keeps it safe inside the wallet. The blue prediction card is shown to be, say, the ten of hearts. The card inside the wallet is taken out and shown to be also the ten of hearts.

In the seond effect, a credit or store card is held in one hand. The other hand takes the wallet and taps on this card . It magically changes into a piecce of folded bill. The wallet can be shown on all sides and there is no trace of the card.

Use this wallet as a Himber Wallet, and more!

 

(Rated 5/5 stars)

MAGICAL TRIANGLE TUBE by Trix

Written by John Teo

“Magical Triangle Tube” is a prop that allows you to magically produce silks or small spring flowers.

A transparent triangular tube is held in the hand. It can be seen that it is empty and there is nothing inside the tube. A shake of the hand, and a silk magically appears inside it.

The appearance of the silk is instantaneous and visual.

You receive the tube and printed instructions. It is easy to operate the tube.

The effect works based on a clever construction of the tube and it does not use magnets or spring.

The tube measures 5 inches wide X 4 inches high X 8.5 inches long. It is suitable for use on stage.

This tube can produce a silk up to a maximum of 24 inches square.

There is a double tube version. It looks exactly like the single tube version except that you can vanish the silk after it is produced, by putting it back inside the tube and shaking the tube. Although the double tube is of the same size as the single tube, it can only hold a silk up to a maximum of 18 inches square.

This double tube costs $40.

By using both the single and double tubes, you can perform a 20th century handkerchiefs trick. Use the double tube to produce a yellow silk. Produce 2 silks from the single tube: a red silk and a blue silk tied together at one end.

Take out the yellow silk, display it and put it back inside the tube. Shake this tube and the yellow silk vanishes. Take out the blue and red silks from the single tube. Magically, the yellow silk reappears tied inbetween the red and blue silks.

You need to specify which version of the tube you want when purchasing the product. If you purchase both the single and double tubes together, you pay only $65 ($5 discount).

You will want to use the Magical Triangle Tube to produce your silks. (Rated 5/5 starts)

INEVITABLE by Brian Caswell

Written by John Teo

Brian Caswell has established himself as a clever inventor of mentalism effects, when his 2 tricks “Cataclysm” and “Trilogy” took the magic world by storm.

“Inevitable” is another one of his very clever mentalism effects.

A deck of blank face playing cards is given to a spectator to examine. 6 specially printed cards, comprising a pair of square symbols, a pair of circle symbols and a pair of cross symbols are also given out for examination.

A spectator is given a set of 3 different symbol cards, niz the square, the circle and the cross. The performer has the other 3 different symbol cards. He spreads the deck faces towards himself and inserts each of the 3 symbol cards at different locations in the deck.

The performer then deals cards onto the table and the spectator inserts each of her 3 cards at 3 different locations of her choice in the deck. The deck is then spread face upwards on the table. It is seen that the spectator has inserted each of her 3 cards exactly next to each of the performer’s 3 cards that were placed earlier in the different locations in the deck. Upon closer examination, the spectator has inserted her square symbol card next to the square symbol card of the performer, her circle symbol card next to the circle symbol card of the performer, and her cross symbol card next to the cross symbol card of the performer.

Those who are familiar with the “Gemini force” will be surprised that this is a pairing of not 2, but 3 cards. There is another important difference. The “Gemini force” requires that the card be inserted face up into a face down deck. Astute members of the audience can notice a slight discrepency in the card selected in this manner. But in this effect where each pair of cards is found facing the same direction, the application of the Gemini force is cleverly concealed.

You receive an instructional DVD and a set of 3 pairs of specially printed ESP symbol cards in red bicycle backs. You will have to supply your own red back deck of bicycle blank cards. If you do not want to use blank face cards, you can use your deck of ordinary red back bicycle cards. Nothing is gimmicked, and everything can be freely examined at the end of the performance.

 With blank face cards and a marker, you can create your own matching sets of cards, for example, 3 pairs of world famous fictional lovers.

 

(Rated 5/5 stars)